The War Memorial Opera House restoration in San Francisco was part of a seismic upgrade, which included the restoration of 500,000 linear feet of architectural elements damaged by the 1989 earthquake. The scope included re-gilding of the foyer, the auditorium, the proscenium, the mezzanine boxes, and all interior architectural elements throughout the Opera House. John Canning & Co. worked with the general painting contractor to develop traditional techniques to replicate original stipple and texture finishes. These techniques included: conservation, traditional gilders technique of gold leaf and metal leaf application, toning, antiquing, the application of state-of-the-art varnish, glazing, and texturing.
Location: San Francisco, CA
Original Architect: Arthur Brown Jr., G. Albert Lansburgh
Planning & Design Services
Restoration & Decoration Techniques